Classically trained pianist, singer/songwriter, and pop rebel Bonnie McKee spent her formative years in California. Growing up in a musical family helped develop her love for the theater and her move to Seattle found the artist singing in the world class Seattle Girl's Choir. At the age of 12, the precocious tunesmith recorded a demo of popular covers. The responses were positive, but all involved agreed McKee would do better writing her own songs, and a new demo featuring original material was cut. After a period of social awkwardness and teenage rebellion that saw the singer kicked out of high school, her songs caught the ear of Reprise records.
Recording commenced and the single "Somebody" appeared on the soundtrack to the hit comedy "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton". McKee also appeared on the television show American Dreams as a young Janis Joplin. Featuring a dozen self-penned tracks, produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day) and Bob Power, her debut Trouble was released in 2004. As a songwriter, McKee has enjoyed success writing international hit singles for Katy Perry ("California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite") as well as Britney Spears (" Hold It Against Me")